It’s helpful to get a quick look at what military service records can or do exist for your ancestors, as these records can provide a wealth of information.
While I intend to take this list of ancestors back to the French-and-Indian Wars, tonight, I will just go back to the first World War.
My father served in the US Navy during World War II, but never left the continental U.S. He spent most of his time in NAD Hastings, Nebraska and NAS Norfolk, Virginia. There was also a stint in the brig.
His father, Lawrence Lake Jones, fought overseas in World War I, and served in the occupation of Germany, or at least that is what the lore says. This is supported by what appears on his military-issued gravestone, as it lists him as having served in the 26th Infantry, which fought in France and occupied Germany.
Ernest Melvin Hill, my maternal grandfather, was in the 31st Balloon Company, Aviation Section, U. S. Signal Corps, stationed at Fort Henry Knox, Kentucky. He was a chauffeur 1st class and a mechanic.
I realized by looking at these folks that I had not pulled Ernie Hill’s military service record, which is probably available. I also know that sometimes a record is recovered from the freeze-dried records of the St. Louis personnel office. So I should ask about my grandfather Lawrence Lake Jones’s records … just in case.